Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Eastern Promises

NB Gromov added to line-up since flyer went to print. PR below:

Bristol is to get a flavour of Eastern Europe - but not the stereotypes of Cossack dancing, vodka or Stalin-memorabilia - this is an invasion by the post-Cold War generation; doing their own thing, their own way; which involves lots and lots of noise. In June local party-throwers GoatLab, is hosting two of Eastern Europe top DJs, one of whom has his UK debut here in Bristol. Anton Nikolajewitsch Gromov, or just Gromov to his fans and Trippmatic are from Russia and Poland respectively. Gromov, a purveyor of musical forms from breakbeat oriented electronic music to bone-crushing drill n' bass has already established a strong reputation for powerful live performances from all over Europe from Moscow to St. Petersburg, from Berlin to Oslo prompting one review to describe his performance glowingly as, "..a vodka-soaked breakbeat massacre!"

Playing alongside is Wroclaw based Polish DJ and producer Tippmatic. He's been organising gigs and playing at virtually every breakcore gig in his native Poland for the last two years and met Bristol breakcore producer Parasite when he invited him over for a mini-tour last year. Now Parasite is returning the hospitality and we all get to hear the results of this East-meets-West mashup. Local acts War Against Sleep (with a psychedelic audio-visual feast with a goaty twist!) and Michael J Rocks (of the Bath based 1manarmy collective) join Bristol breakcore suprememo Parasite and others for a bilateral breakcore Eastern Block party.

Event details: 20th June 2008 at the Croft, Bristol. 10pm-4am. Entry £5.
FFI contact http://www.thegoatlab.com
Review cited by Big Mean Robot Entertainment.



Where do you make noise?

This is the Bristol contingent of the Gusset studio. My bandmate Spokesy has a separate set-up in London, with work transferred between us as Adobe Audition sessions on an ftp site. In the photo you can see my desktop, my live laptop, a Spirit FolioSX mixing desk, a Dave Smith Instruments' Evolver desktop analogue/digital hybrid monosynth, a Alesis Photo X25 Midi controller keyboard and I/O and Absolute Zero monitors. Out of shot there is an old cinema poweramp salvaged from an Odeon refit and a couple of guitars. The cupboard to the left if full of other junk like old guitar effects, electronic toys for circuit bending (should I ever get around to it), contact mics, etc.

gusset studio 08

You can hear this lot in action at the next Goatlab at the Croft on June 20th. I'm also playing in room 3 at Bash Out at the Black Swan on June 14th although I think that is going to primarily a spoken word set (not that I've written it yet).

We'd love to see what other producers set-ups look like. Please post yours here if you have access or mail it to us if you'd like to see it up here. Hopefully we can build an archive of all of the Bristol Breakcore producer's workspaces, which should be interesting.

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